PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development.  We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. 

7:30pm, $5 Gen Admission

by Richard Vetere

Synopsis: Mark and Nancy met while graduate students and have been married for years.  Mark teaches and has been working on a book about poet John Keats while Nancy has become a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist.  When she dies suddenly at the age of 40 Mark demands from her publisher that he completes her unfinished novel.   As he attempts and fails we learn all about Mark's hidden resentments and a painful betrayal of Nancy all because of his jealousy of her. Will he be able to complete her novel? Will her friends stop him? Will he marry her editor who is desperately in love with him?

RICHARD VETERE is a playwright, poet, novelist, film and TV writer, actor and director. He spent the last two years as an elected member of the Writers Guild of America East Council and was made a Lifetime Member of the union in 2010. His new novel The Writers Afterlife published by Three Rooms Press was highly praised in Publishers Weekly. His commissioned book to a musical Benedict Arnold for the Spirit of Broadway ran to sold-out houses this summer. Mr. Vetere wrote novel The Third Miracle (Simon & Schuster) and he co-wrote the screenplay adaptation produced by Francis Ford Coppola released by Sony Picture Classics starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche and directed by Agneiszka Holand. He also wrote the teleplay adaptation of his stage play The Marriage Fool for CBS TV films starring Walter Mattau and Carol Burnett and How To Go Out On a Date in Queens starring Jason Alexander. He wrote the original screenplay for Vigilante which was called a cult classic by the NY Times and recently screened at BAM in NYC. He has fifteen plays published by Dramatic Publishing and each has received productions around the world. His play One Shot, One Kill was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when presented at Primary Stages. His other plays include Gangster Apparel; Caravaggio; Machiavelli; The Vows of Penelope Corelli; First Love; The Engagement; and recently Last Day at Gloucester Stage to name a few. He lectures on film and playwrighing in NYU's master's program and at Queens College. His children's play Bird Brain was just published by Dramatic Publishing and his latest book of poetry The Other Colors in a Snow Storm was just published by Bordigerha Press. His new novel Champagne and Cocaine will be published in 2015. He holds a master's degree from Columbia University in Comparative English Literature and in 2006 The Frank Melville Library created the Richard Vetere Collection at Stony Brook University.


Playwrights on Park is an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to bring the earliest incarnations of their plays directly to the Playhouse on Park audience. It will serve as an immediate connection between the words (and world) of the play and the audience for which it is intended.

Our focus will be on the playwright and the play. We will select several plays throughout the season and give the playwright and our audience an opportunity to hear the work read aloud, in some cases for the first time.  This process will allow our audience an exciting look into the development of new work, as well as an early look at the plays that may premiere at the Playhouse on Park in subsequent seasons. It will allow the playwright an opportunity to develop their work, with feedback from our audience. We hope to develop and sustain open and ongoing relationships with the playwrights selected for the reading series.

We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series.

Most importantly, the Playwrights on Park Reading Series is an experience for the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series.

We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines:

• Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).
• Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
• Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
• For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
• Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
• Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit

Electronic submissions are preferred (email Sasha), but hardcopy can be mailed to:

Sasha Brätt
Playwrights On Park Reading Series
c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.

  • The dates for the inaugural PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series are:
    Tues Oct 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
    Tues Feb 3, 2015 – 7:30pm
    Tues March 3, 2015 – 7:30pm
    Tues April 28, 2015 – 7:30pm
  • Email:
    Sasha Brätt


  • Mail:
    Sasha Brätt

    Playhouse On Park Reading Series
    c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
    244 Park Road
    West Hartford, CT 06119

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